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Mumbai: Woman denied pre-arrest bail in drugs case due to 'rotten criminal record'

Staff Reporter | Updated on: Saturday, June 05, 2021, 09:18 PM IST

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A special court designated under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act on Tuesday rejected the interim bail application of a 35-year-old woman against whom three drugs cases are filed citing her ‘rotten criminal record’.

The Dongri resident’s involvement allegedly had cropped up after one Rajlaxmi was apprehended on 22 January this year with 38 gm of Heroin. She had named the present accused Salma Khan as a supplier.

Special Judge BV Wagh said the case laws cited by Khan’s advocate is not applicable to her case as she has a ‘rotten criminal record’. The court while rejecting the relief said in its order that she is not entitled for pre-arrest bail and essentially has to undergo custodial interrogation.

The court further said that a survey of probe papers indicates that Khan is a supplier of illicit drugs and even in the report her name has surfaced. It said that in the situation, the prosecution may need custody of the applicant for detailed investigation. “Also the police report indicates the rotten criminal record of the applicant, who appears to be engaged in supplying illicit drugs in the lure of illegal enrichment. It added that considering the complicity of the applicant as a supplier, it does not appear that she is wrongly framed in the given case.

Khan had claimed anticipatory bail stating that she is falsely implicated in the case. Except the confessional statement of another accused, she said there was no evidence against her. The Pydhonie police had opposed her plea and told the court that there are three crimes registered against her and that the co-accused had named her as the supplier.

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Published on: Saturday, June 05, 2021, 09:18 PM IST